Dan Rabinowitz and Khawla Abu-Baker

in Coffins on Our Shoulders

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244412
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938960 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book: to describe and analyze the emergence among the Palestinian citizens of Israel of a new sociological generation labeled the Stand-Tall Generation. Its representatives and leaders, many of them women, display a new assertive voice, abrasive style, and unequivocal substantive clarity. They have unmitigated determination, confidence, and a sense of entitlement the likes of which had only seldom been articulated previously by Palestinians addressing the Israeli mainstream. Disillusioned with the prospect of ever becoming equal citizens in Israel, members of the Stand-Tall Generation are no longer interested in being marginal hangers-on of the Zionist project. They tend to see citizenship as a collective entitlement, not just a personal affair. They seek deep historic justice and meaningful incorporation into a transformed Israel—notions this book explores at some length. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Israel; Palestinian community; Palestinian citizens; citizenship; Stand-Tall Generation

Chapter.  6566 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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